Rhythm of the Home: Plough Monday

I have been a huge fan of Rhythm of the Home since it started.  This season, it is an honor for me to be a part of the Winter issue.

Plough Monday is the first Monday after Epiphany and the day when, traditionally, the farmers return to their ploughs. The holiday celebrating and merry-making are over for now, it is time to go back to the fields.

What does this mean for the modern family? In some parts of the world, Plough Monday is known as “Clean Up Day” or “Lost Monday” as the holiday decorations are “lost” and put away for another year.

At our house, this date on the calendar always seems to hit at the just right time. By early January, our Christmas morning angels have morphed into children tired of being cooped up indoors on sub-zero days. The few remaining cookies in the jar are stale. Our toddler has redecorated and rearranged the ornaments on the lower branches of our tree so often it is starting to resemble our backyard during tornado season.

For today’s families, while we may not all be returning to literal ploughs and fields after the holidays, we are returning back to our daily grinds. It is time to pack up the trimmings and the tinsel and get back to work.

I will confess, however, that a part of me always leaves the holidays behind with some trepidation. The joy and happiness of the Christmas season, with its purpose so clear and its celebration so meaningful, can be hard to leave behind. It can be difficult to leave that magic behind for our children, too.

So, how can a parent make the transition from presents, decorations, and festivities to normal daily life as gentle for our children as possible?

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And don’t forget to check out the rest of the excellent Winter issue!

Weekend Links

We have the most beautiful layer of snow covering everything in central Indiana today.  Which, as my nine year old says, “Calls for cocoa for breakfast!” We’re going to try and build a snowman this afternoon and then take a drive around our neighborhood tonight to look at Christmas lights (our version of The MiniVan Express).

What are you up to with your kids today?

Giveaway Winners

I had so much fun introducing you to some of my favorite products and stores this past week. Home for the Holidays has been a blast! I think I have some of the best readers out there and I hope this week, in a small way, was able to say thank you for all of the support and encouragement you’ve given me and the rest of the Simple Kids contributors. I wish that every one of you could have won a prize.

Five of you ARE winners from the giveaways here on Simple Kids! I know you’ve been curious all week, so I’ll spare you any more waiting:

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Giveaway: Learning Tower from Heirloom Wooden Toys

Welcome to Simple Living Media’s Home for the Holidays! We’ve got 25 giveaways across the entire network this week to give you plenty of chances to win a great gift, just in time for the holidays.

I have had so much fun this week, but our holiday fun isn’t over just yet!  I’ve got another wonderful giveaway for you today this giveaway is now closed.   Thank you!

Today I’m giving away a Learning Tower from Heirloom Wooden Toys!

A Learning Tower has been on our family wish list since our oldest child began showing interest in helping in the kitchen as a toddler.

I think Chris and I were as excited as the kids were the day ours arrived!

All of our kids like to help out in the kitchen and my husband and I enjoy cooking with them.  From tearing the lettuce for salads to cutting up fruit and veggies, to mixing bread dough – Max, Jillian, and Lucy each like to be in the kitchen with us helping to prepare meals.

There is a certain joy that comes from eating meals that we have made together as a family.

The learning tower allows both my two and four year olds to be able to reach the counter with ease (even at the same time) and its sturdy base gives me peace of mind that I didn’t have when they were perching on stools or chairs to help.

This has become a well-loved item in our kitchen and I am so excited that one lucky Simple Kids reader is going to get to win one, too!

Learn more about the Learning Tower and how to win one from Heirloom Wooden Toys.

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Giveaway: $100 Gift Certificate from Bella Luna Toys

Welcome to Simple Living Media’s Home for the Holidays! We’ve got 25 giveaways across the entire network this week to give you plenty of chances to win a great gift, just in time for the holidays.

This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you!

Today I’m giving away a $100 Gift Certificate to Bella Luna Toys!

Owned by experienced Waldorf teacher and author, Sarah Baldwin, Bella Luna Toys carries “Waldorf toys, wooden toys, and natural toys to nourish the senses and inspire the imagination.”

If you were to visit my house, you’d find that many of the toys and art supplies we love and use on a daily basis are items that Bella Luna carries.  I can happily recommend shopping there because I know first-hand about the quality products and outstanding service Bella Luna provides, being a happy customer myself for some time now.

Learn more about Bella Luna Toys and how to win the gift certificate.

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